Houston Astros (77-50 SU, 64-55-8 O/U) v. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (65-63 SU, 51-68-9 O/U) at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California
Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at 9:07 p.m. EST
Starting Pitchers: Brad Peacock (R) 10-2 3.21 ERA, 1.31 WHIP (HOU) v. Tyler Skaggs (L) 1-4, 3.96 ERA, 1.34 WHIP (LAA)
Money Line: Houston Astros -113 | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim +103
The Los Angeles Angels are hosting the Houston Astros in this battle between division rivals. The Astros ran away with the AL West early in the season. They’re currently 12.5 games ahead of the Angels and the Mariners, who are both tied for second-place in the standings. The Angels are competing for one of the American League’s Wild Card spots. The Halos are half a game behind the Minnesota Twins in the Wild Card race. Will the Angels inch closer to a spot in the postseason with a win on Saturday night in front of their home crowd?
Astros lose series to the Nats
The Houston Astros came up short in the third and final game of their series against the Washington Nationals. The Astros lost the deciding game of the series, 5-4, after 11 entertaining innings. Houston’s lineup finished the game with 9 hits. The Astros have had one of the best offenses in the majors this season. They’ve scored 712 runs this year, which is the most in either league.
Brad Peacock gets the nod for the Astros in this matchup with the Angels. Peacock has had a very nice season thus far. Although, he lost his last start against the Oakland A’s. Peacock allowed 7 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs in only his second loss of the season. The veteran right-hander also fanned 8 batters, and he only gave up one earned run. He’ll look to bounce back in this showdown with the Halos in Anaheim.
Angels blanked by the Rangers
The Los Angeles Angels lost their second consecutive game on Thursday, falling 3-0 to the Texas Rangers in Anaheim. It was a critical loss for the Halos in their race for a Wild Card spot. LA’s lineup has been struggling throughout the season. The Angels have only scored 550 runs this season, which is the seventh-fewest in Major League Baseball.
The Angels are sending Tyler Skaggs out to the mound on Saturday night. Skaggs gave up 4 hits, a walk, and 5 runs (4 earned) in 5 1/3 innings against the Texas Rangers. The young southpaw lost that outing against the Rangers. He has now lost three consecutive decisions. Skaggs will try to bounce back against a dangerous Astros lineup in Anaheim this Saturday.
The Houston Astros are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
- 3-12 in their last 15 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- 2-8 in their last 10 games vs. a left-handed starter.
- 4-9 in Peacock’s last 13 starts during game 2 of a series.
- 1-4 in Peacock’s last 5 Saturday starts.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are:
- 5-0 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series.
- 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games.
- 11-3 in their last 14 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- 7-2 in their last 9 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 8-3 in their last 11 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
The Astros had a terrific start to the season, but they’re just 16-21 since the All Star break. Brad Peacock was lit up by the Angels in his last start against LA. He has allowed 7 hits, 4 walks, and 4 runs in 5 innings against the Halos this year. Skaggs has shown promise in limited action this season, and I think he’ll hold his own against Houston’s lineup. I like the Angels to top the Astros on Saturday.